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What the novel ecosystem concept provides: a reply to Kattan et al
- Miller, James R., Bestelmeyer, Brandon T.
- Restoration ecology 2017 v.25 no.4 pp. 488-490
- ecological imbalance, ecological restoration, ecosystems, indigenous species
- The novel ecosystem concept expands the restoration palette by focusing our attention on what is possible when recovery to an historical pre-disturbance condition is not. Although some elements of the concept have long been accepted in restoration circles, the novel ecosystems framework brings these elements to the fore. There is a growing frustration with restoration prescriptions that above all else emphasize native species and historical trajectories, and there is a clear need for alternatives that recognize real limitations to achieving these goals in at least some instances. Though not perfect, the novel ecosystems framework represents such an alternative.